New Zealand

As of September 28th, 2016, I am currently living and travelling through New Zealand for a year with my partner, Hilary. This page is where I will post and collect all of the updates throughout the trip.

I plan to write a new post every week or two with pictures and stories from the places that we visit. This is where you can follow along and share in our adventures as the year progresses.

The NZ Adventure Map:

This map shows our route through New Zealand as our adventure progresses. Our journey began in Auckland, on the North Island and only time will tell when we will end up. But the good news is that you can follow along here.

 

Using the Map:

For best use of the map, you can click the small square on the top right of the map to open it in a full window.

Or click the box in the top left to open the side panel. Here you can click the red boxes to see our route through each area of New Zealand separately.

Our New Zealand Travel Resources:

Throughout our travels, we have accumulated a few invaluable resources that have been extremely helpful for our adventure. This is our list of resources all in one place that I hope you can use in your own NZ travels!

  • CamperMate: Campermate is an app that you can download to any of your devices and is one of our favourite tools for a road trip through New Zealand. You can download the map of New Zealand as well so that you can use the app when you don’t have any internet access. It shows you everything from camping sites (free and paid), reviews and advice on camping spots, wifi locations, gas stations, places of interest, public toilets, showers, groceries, and everything in between. It is absolutely a must-have tool for any camping trip in New Zealand!
  • WWOOF: WWOOF is a website that you can use to find places to work on farms throughout New Zealand in exchange for food and accommodation. We haven’t used the site ourselves, but it is very popular and I though I should mention it as it is a great way to reduce your costs and meet local people in New Zealand in exchange for your labour.
  • HelpX: HelpX is similar to WWOOF and is another place where you can exchange your labour for food and accomodation. Again, we haven’t used this resource ourselves, but it is quite popular in New Zealand. Another similar site is called Workaway.
  • Pak’nSave: Pak’nSave is a grocery store that has great prices and is where we do most of our shopping. It’s easy to spot their gigantic yellow sign in most towns that you are in throughout New Zealand. Other grocery stores to keep and eye out for are NewWorld and CountDown.
  • TradeMe: TradeMe is a website where anyone can buy or sell things online in New Zealand. It’s similar to Kijiji or Ebay.
  • Seek: Seek is a website with job postings and is the most popular site of this kind throughout New Zealand and Australia.
  • Kiwi Bank: You’ll only need this resource if you are staying in NZ long-term and are planning to work. But if that’s the case, I would recommend setting up a bank account with Kiwi Bank. They are always located next to post offices which is convenient and we set ourselves up with a free account that lets us do all of our banking online. 
  • Spark: Spark is a phone company in New Zealand that I highly recommend. Even if you are only travelling to NZ for a quick trip you can get a SIM card for $5 and a monthly plan for around $20 or $30. We started with a company called Vodaphone but switched to Spark because the plans are better. I pay $29 per month and get 1gb of data, 100 minutes, unlimited texting, and a subscription to Spotify Premium. You can also use all of the Spark wifi hotspots that are very common throughout NZ. You just have to make sure that you have an unlocked phone if you are coming from North America.
  • Book Me: It can be quite expensive to do a lot of activities in New Zealand. But there is a website called Bookme where you can get deals on different activities and attractions to make things more affordable.
  • Pick NZ: I haven’t used Pick NZ myself, but it is the go-to site for anyone looking for fruit picking jobs in New Zealand. You can find work opportunities and find out what time of year different areas of the country will be ready for fruit picking.

New Zealand Trip Updates:

Below is the collection of updates from the trip (with the newest at the top). This is where you can find all of our stories and pictures for our adventure.

New Zealand: Climbing Mount Alfred in Glenorchy

New Zealand: Climbing Mount Alfred in Glenorchy

Mount Alfred Day Hike in Glenorchy With the end of another week of work, and lots to still explore in New Zealand, Hilary and I loaded up our campervan again and headed off for a few days. We seem to have a never ending list of things to do and see in New Zealand so...

New Zealand: Mountain Biking in Cragieburn

New Zealand: Mountain Biking in Cragieburn

Cragieburn Mountain Biking Road Trip So, as you may remember from some of my earlier posts, I’m currently working at a bike shop in Wanaka. This means that every day I talk to people that have been riding in all different places throughout New Zealand. One of the...

New Zealand: Bungy Jumping in Queenstown!

New Zealand: Bungy Jumping in Queenstown!

Bungy Jumping - Nevis Bungy in Queenstown Bungy jumping has always been on my list of things that I someday wanted to do. Like most people, however, the thought of it terrifies me and I’ve never really put much effort into finding somewhere to actually do it. Since...

New Zealand: Climbing Ben Lomond in Queenstown

New Zealand: Climbing Ben Lomond in Queenstown

New Zealand Update: Climbing Ben Lomond Sometimes it’s difficult to balance life with work but it’s something that I’ve always found important to do. Our time in New Zealand has definitely been an effort to put more of the adventures and the life part of the balance...

New Zealand: Staying Overnight in Brewster Hut

New Zealand: Staying Overnight in Brewster Hut

Brewster Hut Since being in New Zealand, we’ve heard over and over again about the awesome hut network that exists in the country. If you look at a map of New Zealand's huts it’s immediately apparent that wherever you are in the country you are never very far from a...

New Zealand: Climbing Coromandel Peak in Wanaka

New Zealand: Climbing Coromandel Peak in Wanaka

Getting to Coromandel Peak by Foot: Ever since arriving in Wanaka several months ago, I have wanted to stay on top of Roy’s Peak for a night to watch the sunset and sunrise. I’ve always found that hiking peaks is fun, but staying the night on top of them puts a...

New Zealand: Weekend Adventure to Glenorchy

New Zealand: Weekend Adventure to Glenorchy

 Glenorchy: For the last few weeks we’ve stayed close to our home in Wanaka and put our exploring and adventures on hold slightly. We’ve spent a lot of time biking around the local trails (we both got new bikes over the Christmas holidays), and with some rainy...

New Zealand: Lake Tekapo and Mount Cook

New Zealand: Lake Tekapo and Mount Cook

Lake Tekapo and Mount Cook: After spending about month in Wanaka working and settling into the area, we had the itch to get on the road again to explore beyond the Wanaka area. So, when we had a couple of days off from work again, we loaded up Ernie (our camper van if...

New Zealand: Climbing Roy’s Peak in Wanaka

New Zealand: Climbing Roy’s Peak in Wanaka

Roy’s Peak: The last post that I put up covered our first few weeks in Wanaka. Since then, we haven’t done any major exploration as we’ve been spending time doing smaller things around Wanaka, settling into the town, and bike riding. The one hike that we have been...

New Zealand: Van Life Comes to an End

New Zealand: Van Life Comes to an End

West Coast to Wanaka: After leaving the Nelson area, we began to slowly make our way towards Wanaka. We decided to drive down the West coast as it's supposed to be a little bit longer but more scenic. It is definitely a beautiful drive and the road follows along the...

New Zealand: End of the North Island

New Zealand: End of the North Island

End of the North Island: After leaving the Taranaki area of New Zealand, we headed down the west coast to the very bottom of the North Island. We were nearing the end of our time on the North Island at this point, and had already booked our ferry tickets to take us to...

New Zealand: Sun and Fun on the North Island

New Zealand: Sun and Fun on the North Island

Rotorua to Hawkes Bay: We arrived in Rotorua after spending some time further north and spent a few days in the town before moving further south again to Hawkes Bay. At this point, we had been on the road for about two weeks and living out of a van and doing a...

New Zealand: The Adventure Begins in Auckland

New Zealand: The Adventure Begins in Auckland

Leaving Home: On September 28th Hilary and I flew out of Calgary at 6:40 PM with one-way tickets to New Zealand for a year. It's tough to describe the feelings leading up to flying out, and even though it should have been filled with excitement for the adventures to...


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